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A Georgetown 4th of July

June 28, 2012

Before the parade (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Before the parade

As Citizens Association of Georgetown president, Jennifer Altemus says, "When you find yourself humming the National Anthem keep in mind that the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Francis Scott Key, was a Georgetowner. The eponymous bridge crosses into Georgetown at about the location of Scott's home.  Unfortunately the house was dismantled in 1947 as part of construction for the Whitehurst Freeway.  Now all that remains is a small park but it is an awesome place to watch the fireworks."

Daniel Dooley with children and decorated bike (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Daniel Dooley with children and decorated bike

Before the evening festivities begin, head over to Rose Park for Georgetown’s 4th of July Parade and the final concert of this year’s Citizens Association of Georgetown Concerts in the Parks season.

East vs West Tug of War (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) East vs West Tug of War

The celebration starts at the basketball courts at 4:00 pm where you can decorate your wagon, tricycle, bicycle, stroller, pooch, kids, grandkids, and friends for this patriotic extravaganza! 

There will be a prize for the 4th-iest decorations, so don’t hold back.  More means more…  The parade will circle the park at about 4:30 pm and end up near the stage for By & By’s urban bluegrass performance. 

More pie eating contest (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) More pie eating contest

Concerts chair, Elizabeth Miller, along with Erika Donohue, Maryann Surrick, Jessica Heywood, and Sherry Cox have tons of activities planned.  Join your neighbors for the annual East Village versus West Village Tug-O-War (bragging rights are at stake!) and test your teamwork in a three-legged race.  Show off your inner Rodin in our first-ever watermelon carving contest (sort of like pumpkins – but not).  Entries should be prepared at home and will be voted on during the concert!


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Georgetown Tasted

June 3, 2012

Fun for the whole family (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Fun for the whole family

Perfect weather, an enormous crowd and fabulous food. Just another Saturday in Georgetown ... and the 19th annual Taste of Georgetown. Delicious fare from over 30 local restaurants, wine and jazz, and all to benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center.

The lines were long but worth the wait.  Want to make Sea Catch's Baja Shrimp Ceviche or Baked & Wired's Carrot Cake? These and other recipes are found here.

Find out how you can help support the community efforts of  Georgetown Ministry Center by visiting their website.

Clyde's crab gazpacho (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Clyde's crab gazpacho

Enjoying a pedestrian-friendly Wisconsin Avenue (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Enjoying a pedestrian-friendly Wisconsin Avenue


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Help the Homeless Taste of Georgetown VIP Lounge June 2nd

May 24, 2012

Stop by the VIP Lounge at the Georgetown Ministry Center Saturday, June 2, 2102 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. It's the first Fannie Mae Help the Homeless event of the year at the Taste of Georgetown.

While you're enjoying Taste of Georgetown, it's a great time to think of others less fortunate.

Georgetown Ministry Center provides services to 700 homeless people each year.  Services include showers, laundry, coffee and computers as well as a mailing address and use of the phone.  

Last year the combined Help the Homeless events raised over $180,000 for the center. Community events are a great way to increase the awareness about the issue of homelessness while raising critical funds. More than 700 Mini‐Walks are expected to occur from July to November in communities across our region. 

Twenty dollars for anyone age 25 or younger, and $30 for adults over 25. Register at Help The Homeless Walks or call 202.338.8301. Enjoy ice-cold beverages, three extra Taste tickets, tee short, private bathrooms and other perks.

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Grace Church is on Wisconsin Avenue between M and K Streets.

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